The Top 100 Halloween movies of All-time.

by Eric-Scissorhands | created - 08 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

"Bonfires burning bright, Pumpkin faces in the night, I remember Halloween!"

These are my picks of a hundred or so of the most Quintessential Halloween themed films, specials, and television shows to view around the month of October.

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1. Hocus Pocus (1993)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

43 Metascore

A teenage boy named Max and his little sister move to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz

Votes: 143,310 | Gross: $39.51M

The quintessential Halloween film for me growing up. I watch it every year.

2. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

87 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 282,212 | Gross: $47.00M

No list is complete without this slasher classic TBH.

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 340,224 | Gross: $75.08M

This is for both Halloween & X-Mas.

4. Halloweentown (1998 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

When a young girl living with her secret witch mother learns she too is a witch, she must help her witch grandmother save Halloweentown from evil forces.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag, Joey Zimmerman

Votes: 18,819

Another Disney made for TV Halloween treat that floods me with nostalgia with every viewing.

A bunch of sequels followed but none worth seeing more than once IMO. This is the only entry to the franchise Ive seen multiple times.

5. Trick 'r Treat (2007)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror

Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes

Votes: 95,414

Captures the Halloween atmosphere Perfectly.

6. The Addams Family (1991)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy

57 Metascore

Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 159,400 | Gross: $113.50M

+ The Addams Family Values

Even though I love the classic tv show and it's cast, its hard to decide who did it better when theyre both so damn goooood.

7. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

70 Metascore

The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 307,437 | Gross: $73.71M

He's the ghost with the most.

8. Casper (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

49 Metascore

An afterlife therapist and his daughter meet a friendly young ghost when they move into a crumbling mansion in order to rid the premises of wicked spirits.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle

Votes: 136,211 | Gross: $100.33M

I was so in love with Christina Ricci as a kid thanks to this as well as her Addams Family appearances, so naturally this would crack my top 10.

Its fun little movie with a great soundtrack, awesome cameos, and lots of charm the whole family can enjoy.

9. Monster House (2006)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

68 Metascore

Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Director: Gil Kenan | Stars: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Ryan Whitney

Votes: 122,329 | Gross: $73.66M

Super fun animated feature about a bunch of kids who take on a house thats been possessed during Halloween.

10. When Good Ghouls Go Bad (2001 TV Movie)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Family

When 12 year old Danny Walker moves to his father's hometown in Minnesota, he finds that the town doesn't celebrate Halloween and things aren't quite what they appear to be.

Director: Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Tom Amandes, Roy Billing, Brittany Byrnes

Votes: 1,264

Extremely underrated made for tv gem.

11. The Crow (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 186,032 | Gross: $50.69M

Devils Night.

12. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966 TV Movie)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer, Cathy Steinberg

Votes: 20,036

Classic.

13. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape from Earth and return to his home planet.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 410,233 | Gross: $435.11M

Takes place around Halloween.

14. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Music Video)

PG | 13 min | Horror, Music

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Brandon Scott Miller, Forrest J. Ackerman

Votes: 17,322

Halloween just wouldnt be the same without this horror inspired pop classic.

15. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon

Votes: 362,536 | Gross: $101.07M

Tim Burton takes on the classic tale with style and grace.

16. The Batman (2022)

PG-13 | 176 min | Action, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

When a sadistic serial killer begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city's hidden corruption and question his family's involvement.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell

Votes: 627,156

Yes, this is a Halloween movie... just like Die Hard is a christmas movie.

17. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 801,134 | Gross: $1.48M

Time Traveling, alternate universes, beautiful visuals Frank the Bunny Rabbit and disturbed teenagers.

Theres a reason this is a cult classic.

18. The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13 | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 33,104 | Gross: $3.77M

Some of the most famous Universal Monsters come together for this campy late 80s/Goonies styled halloween classic.

Just plain fun.

19. Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Two young women accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world.

Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Whitney Peak

Votes: 43,167

30years after the halloween cult classic, comes the long awaited sequel which i can finally say... is pretty enjoyable. And a great way to kick off the spooky season.

Love seeing some of the original cast return, the 3 witches have not missed a beat despite the large gap inbetween films. The new additions are welcomed as well, only con i have is not getting cameos from the original kids (who are now gron adults), or at-least cameos from the 2 bullies from the original. A missed opportunity.

20. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

61 Metascore

On Halloween 1968, Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams

Votes: 77,740 | Gross: $62.74M

21. ParaNorman (2012)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi

Votes: 103,741 | Gross: $56.00M

22. The Worst Witch (1986 TV Movie)

G | 70 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Mildred Hubble (Fairuza Balk) is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae, Tim Curry, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 2,883

Super cheesy and low budget but a classic nevertheless.

23. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Three parapsychologists forced out of their university funding set up shop as a unique ghost removal service in New York City, attracting frightened yet skeptical customers.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 416,374 | Gross: $238.63M

24. The Halloween Tree (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 69 min | Animation, Drama, Family

Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.

Director: Mario Piluso | Stars: Ray Bradbury, Leonard Nimoy, Annie Barker, Alex Greenwald

Votes: 2,209

This is entertaining as well as informative. It takes you on a journey through the history of Halloween and its origins.

25. The Curse of Bridge Hollow (2022)

TV-14 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

38 Metascore

A teenage girl, who accidentally releases an ancient and mischievous spirit on Halloween which causes decorations to come alive and wreak havoc, must team up with the last person she'd want to in order to save their town - her father!

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Marlon Wayans, Priah Ferguson, Kelly Rowland, John Michael Higgins

Votes: 8,511

26. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

83 Metascore

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 145,647

27. It (I) (2017)

R | 135 min | Horror

69 Metascore

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis

Votes: 548,267 | Gross: $327.48M

28. The Witches (1990)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

78 Metascore

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson

Votes: 51,181 | Gross: $10.36M

29. The Frighteners (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

52 Metascore

After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead, and he uses that gift to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin

Votes: 89,752 | Gross: $16.76M

30. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

65 Metascore

A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 154,179 | Gross: $139.88M

31. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

81 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 408,788 | Gross: $232.91M

Probably one of the greatest horror movies ever made.

32. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R | 89 min | Horror

31 Metascore

Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 87,429 | Gross: $12.63M

33. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

95 Metascore

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson

Votes: 49,456 | Gross: $4.36M

34. Idle Hands (1999)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

31 Metascore

A teenage slacker's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.

Director: Rodman Flender | Stars: Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba

Votes: 44,062 | Gross: $4.00M

35. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

47 Metascore

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez

Votes: 257,415 | Gross: $148.31M

36. Clue (1985)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

39 Metascore

Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.

Director: Jonathan Lynn | Stars: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 98,008 | Gross: $14.64M

37. The Babysitter (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot baby sitter belongs to a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.

Director: McG | Stars: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee

Votes: 94,433

38. Don't Look Under the Bed (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

A teen enlists the help of an imaginary friend named Larry Houdini to deal with a prank-playing bogeyman, who's framing her for his dastardly deeds.

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Erin Chambers, Ty Hodges, Robin Riker, Steve Valentine

Votes: 3,363

39. Dark Shadows (2012)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

55 Metascore

An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 269,055 | Gross: $79.73M

40. Dracula (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

Transylvanian vampire Count Dracula bends a naive real estate agent to his will, then takes up residence at a London estate where he sleeps in his coffin by day and searches for potential victims by night.

Directors: Tod Browning, Karl Freund | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 53,766

41. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 73,981

+ The Bride of Frankenstein

42. Terrifier 2 (2022)

Not Rated | 138 min | Horror

59 Metascore

After being resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to the timid town of Miles County where he targets a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night.

Director: Damien Leone | Stars: Lauren LaVera, David Howard Thornton, Jenna Kanell, Catherine Corcoran

Votes: 20,787

43. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

38 Metascore

Ernest accidentally unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Eartha Kitt, Austin Nagler, Shay Astar

Votes: 12,000 | Gross: $14.14M

44. The Hole (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Fantasy, Thriller